Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned that the in a single day collapse of the American-backed authorities in Afghanistan may pose a critical menace to international locations surrounding the troubled Central Asian nation, together with his personal.
Speaking on Sunday as a part of a gathering with members of the governing United Russia occasion within the run as much as parliamentary elections subsequent month, the president mentioned that the variety of civilians fleeing Kabul poses challenges for the worldwide neighborhood. “Who are these refugees? How can we tell? There may be thousands, or even millions,” Putin mentioned. “The border is a thousand kilometers – they will get on everything, a car, even a donkey, and flee across the steppe.”
According to the Russian president, this poses a possible safety menace and “is a direct concern for our citizens.” He added that “we do not want fighters disguised as refugees to turn up in our country.” Citing a spate of terrorist assaults pushed by separatism in majority-Muslim areas within the nation’s south, comparable to Chechnya, twenty years in the past, the president insisted that “we do not want to repeat what happened in the 90s and mid-2000s… we had these horrors that are now being repeated on the territory of Afghanistan.”
Putin went on to say that one of many causes Russia has carried out strikes on Islamic State in Syria and supplied army to the federal government of President Bashar Assad in Damascus is to stop the nation from “turning into some kind of Afghanistan, and becoming a breeding ground for terrorism.”
The Russian chief additionally slammed plans by western nations, together with the US, to resettle Afghan translators, and others prone to Taliban reprisals, to international locations within the area, comparable to Uzbekistan. According to Putin, this can be a “humiliating” request and poses a safety menace for Russia.
In 2016, he instructed Russia’s high home safety company, the FSB, to maintain shut tabs on these arriving within the nation as refugees, or touring onwards inside Europe. “The cause of this refugee crisis is the destabilization of entire regions of the world, first of all in the Middle East,” he mentioned on the time. In addition, Putin ordered officers to “safely close the territory of Russia” from penetration by militants and to “uncover and neutralize” terrorists.
Both Islamic State and the Taliban are listed as prohibited terrorist teams and banned in Russia.
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